Farmers warn they will not accept land expropriation without compensation peacefully

Farmers warn they will not accept land expropriation without compensation peacefully

- The farmers' organisation, Transvaal Agricultural Union of SA (TAU-SA) has warned it will use every means possible to stop land expropriation without compensation

- IFP leader, Mangosuthu Buthelezi warned against the land reform policy saying it would deter investors

- The government has said they will not be dictated to on the matter of land expropriation without compensation

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Conflicting views of the land expropriation without compensation policy are at play once again, but the farmers' organisation, Transvaal Agricultural Union of SA (TAU-SA) said it would stop at nothing to prevent it.

IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi has warned against the policy, while Arts and Culture Minister, Nathi Mthethwa berated British Prime Minister Theresa May for her comments on the ANC's policy.

Meanwhile, EFF leader Julius Malema is in full voice encouraging supporters to take land regardless.

Briefly.co.za learned TAU-SA spokesperson, Bennie van Zyl, said the agricultural union had already compiled a document detailing how the planned action would impact South Africa’s economy negatively.

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“We have identified 16 different points showing the dangers of the motion.

“In one of the points, we are going to expose the ANC that they did not pass the motion in the interests of the country, but for their own gain.

“The motion was passed because the ANC wants to regain membership it lost to the EFF.

“We are going to ensure every means possible to stop the implementation of the motion,” Van Zyl said.

Farmers warn they will not accept land expropriation without compensation peacefully

Julius Malema and Bennie Van Zyl Photo: IOL

The Joint Constitutional Review Committee, which was tasked by the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces to probe the feasibility of land expropriation without compensation, plans to hold public hearings on the matter next month.

According to Van Zyl, land expropriation would lead to an increase in unemployment. He said all their members in all nine provinces would participate in the hearings.

“We cannot support this motion. It is going to kill South Africa. We can’t play political games,” Van Zyl insisted.

The committee, headed by Vincent Smith and Lewis Nzimande, has an extensive public participation process planned to review Section 25 of the constitution in order for the state to expropriate land without compensation.

“The process will be kick-started next month when the committee will publish advertisements for oral and written submissions from the public. The public will have a month to respond, after which the committee will visit three to four districts or local municipalities per province for public hearings,” Smith said.

Nathi Mthethwa slammed Theresa May for threatening South Africa with sanctions over land expropriation, at his Human Rights Day commemoration speech.

“The ANC took a resolution on land in December and we as the ruling party are not going to be reckless on this matter. We are going to consult widely, but we are not going to be dictated to. We are not a colony of Theresa May as South Africa,” Mthethwa said.

IFP leader, Buthelezi warned South Africans not to support the policy as it would chase away investors and exacerbate poverty.

He said President Cyril Ramaphosa was making a serious economic mistake by insisting on not compensating white landowners.

“I would not invest my money in a country which does not compensate landowners. Only an insane businessperson would invest here,” said Buthelezi in uMlazi.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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